Welcome back to the blog! This first month has been an exciting one for many of you at gulf coast schools, and our prayers have been with you all. It has been an exciting month back here in Atlanta as well.
What’s going on in ATL?
The 11o5 service is growing and a few college students trickle in here and there. The monthly young adult worship service, Vespers, started back up this past Thursday as a college & young adult service! So that’s pretty exciting, and I was able to force a bunch of pledges from my old fraternity to come out and make it look like I’m doing a good job of getting college students on board!!!
That last sentence was a joke… but seriously, we had a few Tech students come out and had a great evening!
I’ve had 3 GT students make commitments to be a part of the core group of students who will begin building the on-campus ministry at GA Tech (if that rate keeps up then the goal of 10 by February will get shattered!)
Also, just a few days ago I received confirmation that we have secured the dates of March 14-21 for our first annual spring break mission trip. We’ll be taking a group of 15 students and partnering with Salt & Light, a a holistic Honduran ministry seeking to provide spiritual, educational, housing, medical, and dental care to the poor in Honduras. So if your school has that spring break, you’re invited … no … encouraged to join us on that trip. I’m really excited about it!
And finally, the adult discipleship ministry at PPC has decided to relinquish claim to the name Peachtree U so that college ministry can use it … So, from here on out, the Peachtree Pres college ministry will be named Peachtree U. I hope that some of you will keep me and Peachtree U in your prayers, specifically that God would bring together a solid group of students to begin building a community dedicated to building for the kingdom of God on the Georgia Tech Campus, in the City of Atlanta, and around the world. Thanks!
What’s Going on With You?
As for you … how are you doing? Are you getting settled in and feeling like you are back to life as you want life to be? I was always thankful to get back into the swing of things at college. To get away from my family for a while, even though I loved them, and to get to continue exploring the questions of “what am I about?” “who am I as an individual … who did God make me to be?”
Last month I wrote to you about the tension that college often creates in us as Christians and our tendency to put our focus on things that Jesus didn’t seem overly concerned with. I hope that was helpful for some of you.
This month I’d like to switch gears a bit and deal more with the questions “why faith?” and “why now, in college?”
For many of us, faith has always been … and as far as we are concerned, it always will be. We grew up in the church, we had a great experience with that, at times our faith was really significant to situations we were dealing with in day to day life, and we’ve got no reason to look anywhere else. But the question “why are you a Christian?” doesn’t seem justly answered by the words “because I came from a Christian family.”
And though that may be a true statement, the fact remains that college and the independence that comes with it raise some good questions for us in regards to our faith. “How does my faith become my own and not just my parents’?” or “when I really think about it, do it believe all of the things that I’ve always professed to believe or did I just accept them as true because they were given to me as truth?”
Ignore the desire to feel guilt over asking these kinds of questions: they are good questions to ask.
I believe that God desires that each of us would reach a point where our faith becomes our own … something that we can explain and that is consistent with the lives that we live, so that we believe what we believe with our actions and not just with our mouths.
So, how does your faith impact your life? Why faith? Why now?
The temptation here is to tell you what faith in Jesus can do for you in college … and there are plenty of good, self-serving reasons to hold such a faith at this point in your life.
But what I think is more important is what faith in Jesus can dothrough you. The truth of faith is Jesus is that it does serve the one who holds it … it gives him or her a sense of purpose … of being a part of God’s big mission of redemption … but it, at the same time, calls you to active duty in building for the kingdom of God.
When it comes down to it, faith in Jesus means that you’re life matters … it means that you can impact the world … it’s a reason to get up in the morning beyond just going to 60% of your classes.
And in college, isn’t that the question that we often find ourselves asking? “what’s the point of all of this?” … “what purpose do I serve?”
The answer to those questions can be found in the life of Jesus, and when you find those answers for your life, and when you are faithful to those answers, the world will be thankful for your life!
My hope for all of you is that you would find your purpose in life to be aligning itself more and more with the purposes of God, and that that is more than enough reason to not only hold onto the faith that has served you up to this point, but to pursue growth in that faith.
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